NASB — Nehemiah 6 — KJV

The Enemy’s Plot

1 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and [that] no breach remained in it, aalthough at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, 2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent [a message] to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at IChephirim in the plain of aOno.” But they were planning to IIharm me. 3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” 4 They sent [messages] to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way. 5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand. 6 In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and IGashmu says, that ayou and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. 7 You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning Iyou, ‘A king is in Judah!’ And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together.” 8 Then I sent [a message] to him saying, “Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are ainventing them Iin your own mind.” 9 For all of them were [trying] to frighten us, Ithinking, “IIThey will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, a[O God], strengthen my hands.

[1] aNe 3:1, 3
[2] IAnother reading is, one of the villages IILit do evil to me a1Ch 8:12
[6] IIn v 1 and elsewhere, Geshem aNe 2:19
[7] ILit you, saying
[8] ILit from your heart aJb 13:4; Ps 52:2
[9] ILit saying, IILit Their hands will drop from aPs 138:3

10 ¶ When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, awho was Iconfined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.” 11 But I said, “aShould a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple Ito save his life? I will not go in.” 12 Then I perceived Ithat surely God had not sent him, but he uttered [his] prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He was hired for this reason, athat I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. 14 aRemember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah bthe prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were [trying] to frighten me.

[10] ILit shut up aJr 36:5
[11] ILit and live aPv 28:1
[12] ILit and behold God
[13] aNe 6:6
[14] aNe 13:29 bEzk 13:17

The Wall Is Finished

15 ¶ So athe wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of [the month] Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 aWhen all our enemies heard [of it], and all the nations surrounding us saw [it], they Ilost their confidence; for bthey recognized that this work had been accomplished IIwith the help of our God. 17 Also in those days many letters went from the nobles of Judah to Tobiah, and Tobiah’s [letters] came to them. 18 For many in Judah were bound by oath to him because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Moreover, they were speaking about his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. Then Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.

[15] aNe 4:1, 2
[16] ILit fell exceedingly in their own eyes IILit from our God aNe 2:10; 4:1, 7 bEx 14:25


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Sanballat practiseth by craft, by rumours, by hired prophecies, to terrify Nehemiah.

1 ¶ Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and [that] there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in [some one of] the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. 3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I [am] doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? 4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner. 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; 6 Wherein [was] written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith [it, that] thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words. 7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, [There is] a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, [O God], strengthen my hands. 10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. 11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who [is there], that, [being] as I [am], would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. 12 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 Therefore [was] he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and [that] they might have [matter] for an evil report, that they might reproach me. 14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

[1] Ne 2:10, 19; 3:1, 3, 6; 4:1, 6, 7; 6:6; Dn 9:25.
[2] 2S 3:27; 20:9; 1Ch 8:12; Ne 11:35; Ps 12:2; 37:12, 32; Pv 26:24; Ec 4:4; Jr 41:2; Ezk 33:31; Mi 7:4; Lk 20:19.
[3] Pv 14:15; Ec 9:10; Mt 10:16; Lk 14:30; Jn 9:4; 1Ti 4:15.
[4] Jg 16:6, 10, 15; Pv 7:21; 14:15; Lk 18:5; 1Co 15:58; Ga 2:5.
[5] 2K 18:26; 2Co 2:11; 11:13; Ep 6:11; 2Th 2:10.
[6] Ezr 4:12, 15; Ne 2:19; 6:1; Jr 9:3; 20:10; Mt 5:11; Lk 23:2; Jn 19:13; Ro 3:8; 2Co 6:8; 1P 2:12; 3:16.
[7] 2S 15:10; 1K 1:7, 18, 25, 34; Ne 6:12; Pv 26:24; Ac 23:15.
[8] Jb 13:4; Ps 36:3; 38:12; 52:2; Is 59:4; Dn 11:27; Mt 12:34; Jn 8:44; Ac 24:12; 25:7, 10.
[9] 1S 30:6; 2Ch 15:7; 32:18; Ezr 4:1; Ne 4:10; 6:14; Ps 56:3; 68:35; 71:1; 138:3; Is 35:3; 41:10; Jr 38:4; Zc 10:12; 2Co 12:9; Ep 3:16; 6:10; Php 4:13; He 12:12; 1P 5:10.
[10] 1K 6:5; 2K 9:8; 11:3; 2Ch 28:24; 29:3, 7; Ezr 8:16; 10:31; Ne 6:12; Jb 24:13; Ps 12:2; 37:12; 120:2; Pv 11:9; Jr 36:5; Ezk 3:24; Mal 1:10; Mt 7:15; Jn 3:20; Ac 21:30.
[11] Nu 32:7; 1S 19:5; Ne 6:3, 9; Jb 4:3; Ps 11:1; 112:6, 8; Pv 28:1; Ec 10:1; Is 10:18; Lk 13:31; Ac 8:1; 20:24; 21:13; Php 2:17, 30; He 11:27.
[12] Is 56:11; Jr 14:14; 23:16, 25; 28:15; Ezk 13:7, 19, 22; Mi 3:11; Ac 20:33; 1Co 2:15; 12:10; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 18:13.
[13] Ne 6:6; Pv 22:1; 29:5; Ec 7:1; Is 51:7, 12; 57:11; Jr 1:17; 18:18; 20:10; Ezk 2:6; 13:17; Dn 6:4; Mt 10:28; 22:15; 26:59; Ac 6:13; 2Co 11:12; 1Ti 5:14; 2Ti 1:7; Tit 2:8; Jm 4:17; Rv 21:8.
[14] 1K 22:22; Ne 4:4; 5:19; 13:29; Ps 22:1; 36:11; 63:1; 140:5; Is 9:14; Jr 11:20; 14:15, 18; 18:20; 28:1, 10, 15; Ezk 13:16; Mt 7:15; 24:11, 24; 2Ti 3:8; 4:14; 1Jn 5:16; Rv 19:20.

The work is finished to the terror of the enemies.

15 ¶ So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard [thereof], and all the heathen that [were] about us saw [these things], they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

[15] Ezr 6:15; Ne 4:1; Ps 1:3; Dn 9:25.
[16] Ex 14:25; Nu 23:23; Jsh 5:1; Ne 2:10; 4:1, 7; 6:1; Ps 126:2; Ac 5:38.

Secret intelligence passeth between the enemies and the nobles of Judah.

17 ¶ Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and [the letters] of Tobiah came unto them. 18 For [there were] many in Judah sworn unto him, because he [was] the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. [And] Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

[17] Ne 3:5; 5:7; 13:28; Mi 7:1; Mt 24:10.
[18] Ezr 2:5; Ne 3:4, 30; 7:10.
[19] Ne 6:9, 13; Pv 28:4; Is 37:10; Jn 7:7; 15:19; Ac 4:18; 1Jn 4:5.


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